Agreement on reducing salt in food

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Dutch health minister Edith Schippers has entered an agreement with manufacturers and caterers to reduce the amount of salt in food, AD reported on Friday.

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings / Flickr

Under the agreement, the amount of salt in food will be reduced from 9 grammes to a maximum of 6 grammes a day by 2020.

The Dutch consumers association Consumentenbond said that reducing the amount of salt will result in 2,200 fewer deaths per year.

More than 85% of the Dutch eat more salt than the recommended amount. And most salt comes from meat, dairy, bread, ready-made sauces and soups.